this is some kind of spaceship or something.
Seeking to explore different national expectations of beauty, journalist Ester Honig asked 40 graphic designers from around the world to “make her beautiful.” A cool idea, especially when you note that all of these designers were of widely different skill levels and were only paid $5 to $30 for their work, so some of that work is… not what you’d expect. It raises the question: how much of what we complain about when we look at magazines is because someone is not so great at their job?
Either way, I think we can all agree on a few things: photo manipulation is harder than it looks and entirely too overused in media, and graphic designers are probably super-overworked for much too little pay. Oh, also, beauty standards suck. But that’s kind of a given for most of us.
The above gallery is just a small sample of the images that Honig compiled. You can see the rest, as well as more of her work, on her website.
(via Ester Honig)